An animal owner could face hefty charges after he left his pet in a hot vehicle while he ran errands. Sources tell TLS, at about 2:30 PM this afternoon, a man left his dog in a locked car unattended in a parking lot for close to 25 minutes, until Lakewood police arrived.
After waiting around the vehicle for several minutes for the owner, officers unlocked the vehicle to free the dog.
After the vehicle was opened, the owner showed up, and so did Animal Control.
According to the MVC’s website, owners of animals that are left behind in hot cars can face criminal charges that carry up to 6 months in jail and/or $1,000 in fines.
“If dogs are supposed to be man’s best friends, then man should be more responsible for all of the friends in his car,” MVC Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez said in a recent Press Release.
It’s unknown if the man will be charged. TLS-MK/TLS-CCP.